Soccer Picks: Sunderland vs. Arsenal Odds & Tips

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:37 PM GMT

Sunderland host Arsenal in Premier League week 4 looking for their first win on the season. What are the chances they would mastermind the upset and where is the value in this match? Join us as we breakdown this clash and deliver the best soccer bets available in the market.

Sunderland winless in three rounds

Sunderland is off to a poor start on the season with just one point to show for their effort in three rounds of Premier League. It’s no wonder therefore that soccer odds makers makers have them installed as the massive underdogs at +450 at Bet365 to win outright, at home to Arsenal no less.

Sunderland began the season with a 0-1 defeat at home to Fulham and then followed up with a 1-1 draw to Southampton. Last round saw the Black Cats succumbed 3-1 to Crystal Palace on the road. Overall, they’ve scored 2 goals and conceded 5. The sum of their account so far seems the mired in the relegation quarry.

Sunderland can’t seem to buy a win no matter how hard they try and when those failures are to relative middleweights and lightweights in the league on top of it all, well how can we expect them to have a stake in this match?

Certainly, betting on the win is a long shot bet and not one that any pundit would recommend for your soccer picks with any conviction. The overall draw is listed at +260 and that would be a gold mine for Sunderland but considering the top-four credentials of the opponent it’s a stretch as well.

More likely than not, Arsenal – incidentally the hot favourite at -150 to win outright at Bet365 – will win this game. The question is how convincingly will they do it? On the flipside, can Sunderland give them a run for their money to avoid an embarrassing blowout?

If you are looking to back Sunderland in some way, shape or form, here are some things to consider. Firstly, Sunderland played relatively good first halves in most of their games so far but fell short of the mark in the second. So if that trend were to continue, a bet on a double result such as a Draw-Arsenal win (we’re already plumping down to an Arsenal win, no sense in being coy about it) at +300 would be a soccer pick to consider.

Other markets worth considering that involve Sunderland are prop bets such as both teams to score which is on offers at William Hill at -110 or handicap bets on Sunderland where the -1 goal is at +1100 and the +1 goal is at +120 at William Hill– it’s obvious which the odds makers think is the likeliest. Although we aren’t banking on the draw, it should be noted that bookies do have offers on a 1-1 draw at odds of +600 at Bet365, what is the second lowest price in score betting markets after a 1-0 win to Arsenal at +550.

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Arsenal's high goals for the season

Last year, Sunderland played to a scoreless draw at the Emirates before Arsenal won the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light 1-0. Although Arsenal missed an opportunity in both those games, all the credit goes to Sunderland for holding them to low-scoring affairs.

The chance that this would happen again however is rather slim. Not with Mesut Ozil now joining the Gunners’ ranks amongst several others; surely, the German will pick the pocket of Sunderland’s defence easily.

Arsenal got off to a slow start, something that has been typical in recent seasons and not necessarily a cause for concern as they bounced back quickly with two straight wins to improve to 2-0-1 on the season.

Currently in fourth spot, level on points with Man City, Stoke City and Tottenham, Arsenal would like all three points in this fixture to advance their bid for the title this season and keep pace with Liverpool atop the table.

Bookies like Arsenal to accomplish the feat as well they like them in every facet of the game. The double result markets sees the Gunners tipped lowest to win both halves, at +150 at Bet365. A draw-Arsenal result (as mentioned above) follows next at +300 whilst an overall draw is tipped at +450. A Sunderland-Arsenal result is listed at +2000.

As far as score betting, a 1-0 or 2-0 score line in favour of Arsenal are the preferred two outcome and are tipped at +550 and +650 respectively. A 2-1 result is going for +700 at Bet365.

Soccer Free Picks: Arsenal to win 2-0

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